Today's smartphone cameras have become nearly as complex and feature-laden as the compact cameras they replaced. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but here are four simple tips for better photos that will work with virtually any modern smartphone.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Most smartphones now have an option called HDR, which is short for High Dynamic Range.
When you take an HDR photo, your camera actually shoots three photos at three different exposures: low, standard, and high. Then, your phone stacks all those photos to create one composite image that's super sharp and looks closer to what the human eye sees.
When to try HDR:
- Landscapes. You'll notice bluer skies and richer details in trees and buildings.
- Direct sunlight. For those situations where the sun is right behind the subject you're shooting and there's no way around it.
When to avoid HDR:
- Action shots. Moving subjects will result in a blurred composite image.
- Portraits. Enhancing the detail on an old barn is great. Enhancing the wrinkles on your old mom is not recommended.
That camera shutter button on your display isn't the only way to take a photo. If you want steadier shots, and a little more flexibility, there are a few more ways to snap a photo.